Jèrriais in primary schools

A great deal of progress has been made in the teaching of Jèrriais over the past four years and now the Jèrriais Teaching Service wants to build on that momentum and move closer to what is ultimately our primary objective to create new speakers of Jèrriais.

Therefore, in 2021 the Jèrriais Teaching Service is launching a new pilot programme in primary schools.

Flagship School

We are delighted that Plat Douet School has agreed to host an intensive Jèrriais pilot programme. It is recognised that multilingualism is linked to greater cognitive outcomes and Plat Douet celebrates a diversity of languages spoken by the children attending the school. 

One specialist early years teacher will be joining the Foundation Stage to work with multilingual learners as well as those children needing support with communication, speech and language development.

This same teacher will teach Jèrriais further up the school, and children in Years 3 to 6 will receive weekly half-hour Jèrriais lessons.


Hub Schools

The Jèrriais Teaching Service will pilot cross-curricular Jèrriais themed lessons across five Hub Schools after Easter 2021. The course entitled Alentou d'Jèrri will take place in the afternoons in key stage 2 and, as well as Jèrriais language content, will incorporate other aspects of the Jersey Curriculum, including Jersey history and geography, drama, music, art and PE.

Hub Schools


From June 2021 the five Jèrriais Hub Schools will be host to weekly Pallions. These after school clubs will at first serve children from the hub schools, but aim to extend the offer to surrounding areas, when Covid guidance allows.

Lessons will be fun using games-based activities that aim to introduce the language to new learners as well as consolidate the learning of children participating in the cross-curricular project in schools.

Children who attend these Pallions will have the opportunity to participate in the Jèrriais Section of the Jersey Eisteddfod.

Pallion times and locations

St Mary Monday 3.15pm - 4.00pm
Plat Douet Tuesday 3.15pm - 4.00pm
St Martin Wednesday 3.15pm - 4.00pm
Bel Royal Thursday 3.15pm - 4.00pm
Springfield Thursday 3.00pm - 3.45pm

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